Colombia - Gildardo Martinez

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Colombia - Gildardo Martinez

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Colombia - Gildardo Martinez


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Colombia - Gildardo Martinez

Roast Level: Light

Tasting Notes: Grapefruit, Sugarcane, Cranberry

Farms: The Gildardo Martinez Family Farm

Process: Honey Processed

Varietals: Colombia and Caturra

About the Coffee: Gildardo Martinez and his family live in the Municipality of Tablón de Gomez. However, their true identity lies with the indigenous community of which they are part, which is the Inga. They are located in the towns of Aponte and Paramo, deep in the Juanambú canyon. This group belonged to the northernmost part of the Inca Empire, who colonized the southern part of Colombia in the late 14th century. Land here is communal and its population is ruled by a “Cabildo”, a group of elders that make sure that their ancestral laws and traditions are upheld.

In true rebel form, Gildardo has processed this small lot using the honey processing method. This is quite unusual in Colombia, where coffee is usually pulped, fermented and washed after it is picked. In the case of honey processing, the coffee is pulped and then dried, skipping the traditional fermentation and washing process. The unique and wild fermentation process which occurs when coffee is dried without removing the mucilage leads to a cup profile that is intensely complex and sweet. Honey processed coffees are extremely risky and difficult to process, as they are susceptible to defects if not dried in perfect conditions. Luckily, the weather conditions in the Aponte area are perfect for this type of processing, as the heavy winds that cross the canyon permit a slow and even drying. The coffee is dried in raised African style beds which are inside a covered greenhouse. During the drying process, the coffee is raked or moved regularly to ensure that all the beans are drying evenly. Optimal (12%) humidity is usually attained between 20 to 40 drying days which gives us a beautiful product, an incredible cup profile.